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Jan 7, 2021

When Will Milling at B.S.I. Resume?

On Monday, sugar industry stakeholders will meet to discuss when burning and delivery of cane will resume.  The decision to temporarily pause the harvesting and delivery of cane was taken on January fourth after cane deliveries to the factory hit an all-time low.  The factory at Tower Hill needs an average of five thousand tons of cane to operate efficiently, but farmers cannot deliver that amount. That’s because of several factors, the key one being the recent rains. But it wasn’t just yesterday that farmers have been delivering low amounts of cane. A.S.R./B.S.I. sent a letter dated December thirtieth, 2020, to the Chairman of the Sugar Industry Control Board, Marcos Osorio.  In that letter, B.S.I.’s Cane Farmers Relations Manager Olivia Avilez tells Osorio that the cane crop has started with sporadic cane delivery, which is worrisome at a critical time. She says that proper management of delivery and harvesting is crucial at this time. Avilez tells Osorio that delivery is not well organized and there is a need for improved communication on where to queue up and when to proceed to the factory.  Vice President of International Relations at A.S.R./B.S.I. Mac McLachlan hinted in an interview on Tuesday that the lack of communication and proper management of delivery may result from changes in position at the Sugar Cane Production Committee.


Mac McLachlan

Mac McLachlan, VP, International Relations, A.S.R./B.S.I

“This delivery problem wasn’t just because of the rain. It happened before the rain that we were not getting the kind of delivery. I know and you are aware that there have been some changes at the SCPC and some people who were experienced in managing this were not there from an early part of the crop. It’s not up to us who appoints people in these positions. I think people have shown genuine goodwill to try to over the issues but in reality I think the figures speak for themselves on the amount of cane that has been coming in. That says for certain before rain events. We have been doing our best talking not only within SCPC, SICB, but also to farmers associations.”

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